When it comes to having brunch in Orlando, there are breakfast places and there are brunch places. If you’re looking specifically for brunch, you cannot confuse the two. For the most part breakfast restaurants and restaurants that serve brunch all seem to offer eggs, pancakes, and nifty breakfast omelets and entrees. However the restaurants known for brunch in the Orlando area all seem to serve mimosas. That doesn’t mean you have to have a mimosa when you go to these places, but they will have them and the Unlockorlando.com brunch squad is going to define a great brunch restaurant as not only a restaurant with great breakfast food, but one that also serves mimosas. Otherwise you can’t tell the difference.
558 West New England Ave., Winter Park
808 Washington St., Orlando
950 Market Promenade Ave., Lake Mary
Brunch starts at 10am to 11am depending on location
Dexter’s has 3 locations: one in Orlando, one in Lake Mary, and one in Winter Park, so it’s a great pick because anyone from anywhere in the Greater Orlando should be able to reach one within a reasonable amount of time. Dexter’s is great food, it’s inexpensive. There is typically a great crowd at Dexter’s plus they always have outside seating available which is great for weekend brunch on the days when it is not too hot. Each The Brunch menu includes Bloody Marys and Mimosas along with an array omelets and Dexter’s Eggs Benedict. There are also sandwiches and other menu items to choose from. On Sunday’s, Winter Park opens at 11 am, Thornton Park at 10am, and Lake Mary at 10:30 am.
The Bistro on Park Avenue
348 Park Avenue North, Winter Park
Sunday brunch starts at 8am
Tucked away just out of site from Park Avenue in Winter Park is The Bistro on Park Avenue. The Bistro is typically opened from Tuesday to Sunday for breakfast at 8am, but they have a separate Sunday Brunch menu every week starting at 8am. They continue to serve breakfast and lunch items until 3pm.
Brio Tuscan Grille
4200 Conroy Rd., Orlando
480 N. Orlando Avenue (Hwy 17-92), Winter Park
Brunch starts at 11am
Conveniently Brio Tuscan Grille has 2 locations on different sides of Orlando. One in the Winter Park Village off of Orlando Avenue (17-92) and one off of Conroy Road at the Millenia Mall in South Orlando. Brio Tuscan Grille is going to do brunch Italian style, which is pretty much like the American style except fancier with better sounding names. Eggs Benedictano, Bistecca and Sweet Potato Hash, Bacon Egg and Fontina Panini are all items that can be found at Brio. Plus both locations offer outside seating for when the Florida weather is just right and you want to sit outside. In addition to outside seating, both locations offer after brunch shopping opportunities. So you can combine the two activities for a more complete day of leisure. Saturday and Sunday brunch starts at 11am.
4185 Conroy Road
Crave is located in a free standing building just across the street from the Millenia Mall in the South Orlando area. They are known for a very eclectic style of cuisine but also well known for their family-style breakfast. Sunday Brunch is a great occasion at Crave and brunch includes a choice of Champagne, Orange Juice or a Mimosa, along with breakfast favorites like smoked cheddar, hash browns, ham and cinnamon rolls, But they also go a step further and they have an omelet bar and French toast bar where you can make them your own and customize toppings.
White Wolf Cafe
1829 North Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32804
White Wolf is a downtown Orlando standard in the community. It’s unique to Orlando and always serves up a great meal and the crowd is always good. Brunch items consist of the expected pancakes and eggs but also included in the menu options are chicken ‘n’ waffles, quiche, eggs benedict, along with an assortment of omelets and breakfast sandwiches.
OLV Sunday Brunch
25 West Crystal Lake Street
Sundays from 10am-4pm
Located in the SODO complex south of Downtown Orlando, OLV hosts a classy style brunch complete with a buffet and endless orange and cranberry mimosas. The buffet and all the mimosas you can drink for $19.95 a person. For another $4 you can upgrade to a mimosa bar which has further mimosa options involving peach, pear, mango and guava mimosas.
La Coquina at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Lake Buena Vista
1 Grand Cypress Boulevard Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
Orlando, FL 32836
Average price $60
If you really want to go all out, then La Coquina is the brunch place for you. They’ve been doing it for over 20 years and they get rave reviews from everybody……..no seriously everybody. The price point is at around $60 a person. Is it worth it? Absolutely! Are you going to do it every weekend? Probably not, but for special occasions or for visitors out of town……it is terrific! Whatever you can imagine is there, spinach frittata, several different types of gourmet bacon, smoked shrimp, barbequed scallops, roasted salmon, caviar, sushi, champagne, a cheese table, oysters, crab legs, ravioli, cinnamon rolls, cakes, banana bread pudding and the list absolutely goes on and on.
The Tap Room at Dubsdread
549 West Par Street
The Tap Room at Dubsdread is a classic Sunday brunch opportunity, located right off the golf course just North of the College Park area not too from I-4 in Orlando. Prices range from $9 to $15 and items include lump crab and brie frittatas, along with fresh blueberry pancakes, Eggs Benedict, Belgian Waffles, Omelets along with their lunch specialties like burgers, warps, ribs, and more.
House of Blues Orlando World Famous Gospel Brunch
1490 E Buena Vista Dr
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Sundays at either 10:30am or 1pm
Tickets at $33.50 for adults and $17.25 for children ages 3 to 9
The name should say it all! World Famous Gospel Brunch is breakfast with some music and some vibe. Located in Downtown Disney on the West Side, the House of Blues hosts this brunch with two seating times, one at 10:30am and one at 1pm. Menu items include Cajun classic such as Creole chicken jambalaya, roast top round of beef, biscuits and gravy, cheese grits, a made to order omelette station and more. Don’t forget the apple cobbler and key lime pie!
Brunch at 903 Mills Market
903 Mills Market
903 South Mills Avenue
Orlando, FL 32806
The name is the address, and the restaurant is the ultimate in neighborhood gathering places. 903 Mills is the neighborhood market and restaurant that every neighborhood wishes they had, but sadly just this one exists. You can get inexpensive freshly prepared items including salads, sandwiches and your typical breakfast items as well. Seating is mostly outside so it’s a great place to sit down, relax, and enjoy the weather. Breakfast is available in the mornings, but on the last Sunday of the month from 11am – 3pm. It’s a great place for brunch if you’re looking for something, inexpensive, fun, and different.
Additional Orlando area Brunch Options that you’ll want to check out:
The Boheme at the Grand Bohemian Hotel
325 S. Orange Avenue (Downtown Orlando)
Orlando, FL 32801
The Boheme hosts a Brunch every Sunday and only on Sunday that includes a huge spread in addition to live music with a guy on the piano and a guy playing a variety of other musical instruments. It’s a great setting and a great hotel to walk around before and after your brunch. Expect to see omelets, a carving station, fresh waffles, along with the usual brunch favorites. The brunch costs around $40 a person.